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[etch] driver updates for 2.6.18?


I would like to update a few drivers in 2.6.18 for the next point
release of etch:

- e1000 (PCIe NICs support)
- forcedeth (newer onboard NICs stop working on load)
- 3w-9xxx (9650 controllers support)

I guess there are a couple more drivers requiring an update. 

Before the release of Etch, we discussed the possibility of a kernel
upgrade during the Etch life cycle. I wonder if we should backport
drivers at all, or start working on releasing 2.6.22 or .23 for etch?

We need to upgrade kernel udebs and with them the installer anyway, to
benefit from the new drivers. OTOH a new upstream release means new 
regressions and a lot more testing.

How should we proceed?

Best regards
Frederik Schüler


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